The Strawberry OHV Trail system is a beautiful trail system up above Provo Canyon. There’s tons of riding with a variety of trails ranging from rocky and challenging to smooth. With tons of camping spots, hiking trails and UTV trails, this is definitely a fun spot for a family weekend or day ride!
Know Before You Go
Directions & Location
Location: There are multiple trail access points around Strawberry Reservoir both on Highway 40 and Forest Road 131. Check out our map to get info on each access point.
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About the Strawberry OHV Trail System
The Strawberry OHV Trail system offers miles of beautiful dirt trails in the mountains surrounding Strawberry Reservoir. There are multiple entry points to the trails, and all trails are well marked so it’s easy to navigate and get around. You can go all the way up to Currant Creek on the north end. There are also trails going from Strawberry Reservoir all the way down to Soldier Hollow in Spanish Fork Canyon.
This is a good trail system if you have little kids and you’re looking for some smooth trails. While not all the trails are smooth, the trails on the southwest side of the lake are the best for young kids. I would recommend taking Trail 134, then head South on Trail 135. Trails 22, 518, 42 and 43 are all really smooth and good for young kids. You will have to go on Trail 501 to connect to 42 if you want to keep going, and it’s a bit of a rocky trail – but it’s short. We just go really slow on this part of the trail. (This is just my recommendation based on personal experience and where I felt comfortable taking MY children. YOU know your child best and must decide what is safe for them. Raising Little Wild Ones shall not be held liable in the event of an accident or injury. You can read our entire Safety Disclosure and Liability Release here.)
Strawberry OHV Trails are open year round. In the winter they are open to snowmobiles, and in the summer they are open to all off-highway vehicles. It does take the Strawberry Ranger District a while to clean up the trails in the spring, and since it’s a higher elevation – many of the trails are impassable due to snow until late May or early June. If you go before June, it’s a good idea to bring a shovel and tow rope in case you get stuck.
There are bathrooms all around Strawberry Reservoir. The easiest one to find is just south of the Strawberry Visitor Center – but if you drive along the main highway, you’ll likely see one along the side of the road in one of the many parking lots. They are just outhouses with no running water.
Cell reception at Strawberry Reservoir is spotty. There are a few different cell towers along the peaks in the mountains, so as you get to the top you’ll likely get service, but when you’re on the trails, chances are you won’t have any.
The weather in Strawberry Reservoir is similar to American Fork Canyon. The variation from hour to hour can be extreme. The heat typically peaks in mid-summer (around the end of July/ beginning of August). Be prepared for a LOT of dust if you go during this time of year as it gets really dry here.
The best times to go on this trail are at the beginning summer (May and June) and in the fall when the leaves start to change (keep in mind the leaves up here change way before the leaves in the valley do – around mid-August -September). During these times you’ll find there is a significant change in temperature from Heber to the top of the trail system. Bring lots of layers. If it’s slightly cold at the parking lot, you’ll want to bring winter jackets and gloves with you. Also, the rain can come out of nowhere when you’re up in the mountains – and it rains a lot here in the Spring. Bringing a waterproof layer with you is a must during the Spring.
The Strawberry Reservoir area is incredibly beautiful in the Spring and Fall. The trail system offers tons of beautiful vistas where you can see miles and miles of evergreen & quaky trees. The trails are mostly smooth and enjoyable to ride – with a few rocky spots in between. There are plenty of trails to fill up a weekend, or since it’s so close to Salt Lake City, you can easily go here for just a day ride.
You can ride all the way from Strawberry Reservoir to Soldier Hollow in Spanish Fork Canyon. The trail goes along the ridgeline featuring tons of beautiful views of the entire canyon, and it’s short enough that you can make this trail in just a day if you start early!
A Few Other Highlights Include:
Camping at Strawberry is tons of fun. There are campgrounds all along Trails 134, 150, 110 and 501. The entire area is open to trailers and tents, and you can pretty much camp anywhere for up to 14 days. There are also plenty of campgrounds that you can reserve as well.
Strawberry Reservoir is also a fun place to play. It’s a great spot for fishing and boating. There are also rivers connecting to the lake where you can fly fish as well.
Daniels Summit Lodge is up there and is accessible through the trails (see our map to find out how to get there). It’s a fun place to stop for dinner or lunch. The food is good and it has a great cozy atmosphere!
Things to Bring
Food and Drink: There aren’t many options of places to eat up near Strawberry (other than Daniels Summit Lodge) and you’ll likely be up in the trails for long enough that you’ll at least want to bring snacks! If you’re planning on being up there for a full day, make sure to bring plenty of water and consider packing a lunch to eat at one of the many beautiful vistas along the trail.
Water Access: I would highly recommend bringing drinking water. But, if you forget or you don’t bring enough, there is a visitors center on the northwestern side of the reservoir. The hours of the visitor center are weird, and they aren’t always open so there’s no guarantee they will be open when you go.
Wet Wipes, Toilet Paper, Tissues and Hand Sanitizer: This is a messy activity. The trails at Strawberry are mostly packed dirt, and during the dry parts of the season, you’ll be caked in dirt by the end of the ride. It’s a good idea to plan on bringing a few wet wipes to wipe off hands and faces at the end of the ride before getting in your normal vehicle. You’ll likely want to bring a few tissues to take care of runny noses from the all the dirt and pollen that will be kicked up during the ride, as well as some toilet paper and hand sanitizer in case you need to use the bathroom during your trip.
Camera: Strawberry Reservoir is beautiful and definitely worth taking photos with your nicer camera. But your phone camera will do just fine too. I typically bring my Nikon 5200 DSLR here. I just put it next to me in our RZR. But make sure to have any camera you bring in a nice dustproof camera bag and put it away after each time that you take it out. Dirt will cake up on it fast, and that can lead to a variety of issues with any camera. Also, consider bringing some lens cleaner just in case.
Folding Chairs: I like to bring some folding chairs and a small table or a picnic blanket to sit on while we eat lunch. These are my favorite chairs for when we take the RZR out because they are simple, lightweight and fit in our back trunk. You can also just eat in your machine, but I find it’s nice to let the kids out of their seats for a few minutes to stretch their legs and explore.
Clothing: Bring Layers. The temperature once you get up in the trails is usually quite a bit colder than the weather in the valley or even in the parking lot. You’ll want to have plenty of layers to take on and off as you go up and down the trail. If you’re going on a colder day, make sure to bring gloves and hats as well. It get’s windy and cold towards the top and in the clearings where there aren’t trees to block the wind. We like to always bring a pram and at least one small blanket for each kid so we are prepared. The rain can sometimes come out of nowhere here too, so at the very least have something for that. It’s also a good idea to bring sunglasses or goggles depending on your preference.
Sunscreen: Even when you think it’s not hot, the sun up the canyon can be blaring, so make sure to put sunscreen on any exposed skin before heading up the canyon.
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